Wabi Sabi first appeared as poetic references in Japanese literature and is defined in English as the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete…a beauty of things modest and humble and unconventional. This concept has now been incorporated into the international world of design.
Wabi has been defined as tranquil simplicity, unpolished , imperfect or irregular beauty, rusticity; things in their simplest most austere state.
The 17th century cobblestones above were culled from a street in Portugal. A collection of 19th century yellow pottery from Provence is shown beneath a stone sink from a French 17th-century monastery.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” -Leonardo DaVinci
Sabi has been interpreted as the beauty that treasures the passing of time. It also has been defined as the patina that age bestows.
The owner of this kitchen in the chateau of Menou, central France, wanted to re-create the atmosphere of his grandmother’s kitchen in an old service room. Some things are displayed and others hidden, yet the proper place for things is often a question of time and the harmony of furniture and utensils which have a shared history.
“Fewer and fewer Americans possess objects that have a patina…old furniture and books, grandparents’ pots and pans … the used things, warm with generations of human touch…essential to a human landscape.” -Susan Sontag.
“By two wings a man is lifted up from things earthly : by simplicity and purity.”-Thomas A. Kempis
“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty EVERYWHERE.” -Vincent Van Gogh
“Language has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.” -Paul Tillich
“When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear, you are near CONTENTMENT.” -Unknown
“In everything, no matter what it may be, uniformity is undesirable. Leaving something incomplete makes it interesting and gives one the feeling that there is room for growth.” -Yoshida Kenko
This room features a Chinese meditation chair and a 19th-century gilded French chair-both in harmony with a Japanese cabinet with black mohair pillows on top, with the look of a high day bed.
“It is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed.” -Vida D. Scudder
“The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied.” -Lucretius